“I truly believe Plano is a City of Excellence and I’m committed to keeping it that way.”
Happy Plano Residents and Businesses
Plano residents, both homeowners and home renters, are among the most satisfied in North Texas. Our people love our libraries and parks and recreation centers. They feel safer here than just about anywhere else in Texas. They cite our city’s diversity of cultures as one of its best features on satisfaction surveys.
Since peaking 2003, Plano’s crime rate has dropped to its lowest in many years. I support our police and firefighters and the excellent job they have done keeping our city safe.
That said, we must continue to invest in our police and fire departments to keep their equipment up to date and hold on to the top management and the experienced personnel who keep our city one of the safest in America. My opponent has stripped away such investment potential.
If elected I will ensure that the Turning Point Rape Crisis Center is fully funded by the city and that women’s health is protected.
In 2015, Plano passed an expansive Equal Rights Ordinance (ERO) that protects the rights of all LGBTQIA+ citizens. I will protect that ERO and strengthen it where necessary.
COVID-19 and Plano
A healthy city is a prosperous city. The health and welfare of all Plano residents will be my number one goal. Plano has not been immune from the impact of COVID-19. Our hospitals have been filling up and our healthcare staff is stressed to the highest levels.
My opponent voted against mandatory masks in indoor public places. Masks have proven the most effective method of slowing the pandemic and getting us all back to work and school. Plano must continue to work with our county to provide a safe environment and expedite vaccine distribution.
Housing & Land Use
Let’s get real with our real estate – Plano needs to deal with the demand for homes in Plano and help reduce our traffic nightmare. With space for single-family homes severely limited, we must turn to so called “middle housing” such as townhomes, condominiums, and senior oriented homes for those interested in downsizing. I’ve fought against incompatible rezoning and for quality development in and around my own neighborhood – with more success than most others — and I’m prepared to fight for all of Plano.
New apartments are best limited to those integrated into mixed-use developments, like Legacy West, or reimagined neighborhood centers with local shops, professionals and services integrated with multi-family housing in a walkable landscaped environment. These mixed-use projects must be developed with input from the surrounding single-family neighborhoods and situated comfortably away from them.